Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mountain Brew Light

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1426) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2015
As perplexed as I am by the existence of Stewart’s “Mountain Brew Ice,” I’m even more captivated by the fact there’s a light version. That would seem to imply that the original was so popular that there’s enough demand for another product (but without much difference). Mountain Brew Light is a tad better than its forbearer, but still a pretty lousy beer anyway. 

I poured a 12oz can into a frosted mug. It was canned on 11/19/14. A six-pack cost $2.99 ($0.50 a can or $0.04 per ounce).

Appearance: More of a yellow proper hue, though it could be considered light gold. Crystal clear body (after the frost on the mug melts, that is). Initially pours to a large, brilliant white, frothy head, but it eventually dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Faint corn cereal scent, slightly sweet. Otherwise not much aroma at all.

Taste: While I don’t think Mountain Brew Light is vastly superior to its bigger brother, I do notice quite a difference in taste. Mostly due to the fact I can actually drink more than a few ounces of this at a time. Not that there’s a lot (or anything) to taste here, though. Only a faint Corn Flakes-like sweetness. No malt or hop character at all. Thankfully, not much metallic or starch or tangy off-flavors (there is a bit of a dirty taste, but it’s faint and probably due to the fact the can is so old). It actually quite watery-tasting. Not terrible, but this would be doubly good if it were merely mediocre.

Drinkability: At only 3.9%, Mountain Brew Light definitely lives up to its name. And with a paper thin mouthfeel and watery taste and texture, it does that in more ways than one. I was expecting this to be crisp and bubbly, but much like the “Ice,” it was noticeable flat and calm. Perhaps a bit refreshing on the tongue and very little aftertaste. If you had access to ice-cold cans you might be able to session this because it’s so bland – though why not just drink water instead?

RATING: 2/10

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